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Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of "The View"

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  6,282 ratings  ·  673 reviews

Like Fire & Fury, the gossipy real-life soap opera behind a serious show.

When Barbara Walters launched The View, network executives told her that hosting it would tarnish her reputation. Instead, within ten years, she’d revolutionized morning TV and made household names of her co-hosts: Joy Behar, Star Jones, Meredith Vieira and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. But the daily cha

Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Sep 02, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ladies Who Punch by journalist Ramin Setoodeh is the story of popular television talk show The View and the many women who hosted the show in the last two decades. The book reads more like tabloid gossip than an informative behind-the-scene documentation. While it informs, it also makes the reader cringe when there is too much information. The author often comes off as bitchy and vindictive. All in all, an ok read. If you are a fan of The View, you might want to pass on this book.
Mary Sisney
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I knew that Rosie O'Donnell had mental health problems before I read this book, but after reading it, I wonder about the mental health of several other former co-hosts, including Barbara Walters (who seems to have had mild dementia near the end of her reign) and Elisabeth Hasselbeck. I also changed my mind about which co-hosts were the most and least likable. Of the original hosts, Star seemed to be the least likable because of her narcissistic, diva behavior, but in this book, she admits her mi ...more
Sabrina Fonfeder
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect. Absolute bliss. Wish it were twice as long.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very interesting read about the behind the senses of the show The View. It was fun going to YouTube and reviewing the footage of thing that were discussed.
Ira Madison III
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
The power that this book has... the international implications that this book has...
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-group, 2019
I wonder if Barbara Walters and longtime sidekick Bill Geddie sought out the opinion of a personality psychologist prior to presenting the world with Barbara's dream baby, The View.
"I've always wanted to do a show with women of different generations, backgrounds, and views; and in a perfect world, I'd get to join the group whenever I wanted"
I'm convinced that on some level, the many implications associated with her dream show and the unintended consequences were not only predictable, but e
Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
"The View" is boring now but it used to mean something.

Its peak was when Rosie O' Donnell was at the helm. I see Rosie as a mad genius: a genius for Television, that fading art form, a manic depressive rebel who wears her heart on her sleeve and speaks her truth which can get you fired in show biz. I salute her for her bravery and I do believe she is the only one who could have saved The View from certain death.
Nancy Brown

Rich women taking themselves and their lives far far too seriously as they contribute to the decline of American discourse.
Francesca Calarco
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I must confess that I have a guilty pleasure—and that is psyching people out before boasting that I’m too old to feel shame for liking the things I do. Also, I’m a huge fan of The View. In Ladies Who Punch, Ramin Setoodeh tries his darndest to sum up the twenty-year legacy of one of America’s most iconic (and a times iconoclastic) daytime talk shows. For me it falls flat.

Splitting the book into three equally partitioned arcs, “Barbara’s View,” “Rosie’s View,” and “Whoopi’s View” was an odd choi
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Everything and more I could want in a book! I’ve always felt very proud that I could I say I watched the Rosie/Elisabeth fight live on television. I knew it was history making. I think this guy needs to write a tell on Rosie O’Donnell’s whole life next. I could read about her all day. I think she’s a genius but with genius often comes crazy. It’s amazing how he got so many of them to be so open and candid with him, he has a gift. I hope he does a follow up book in a few years. Someone needs to h ...more
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Holy cow!!! So much to wrap my head around! This book is exactly why I don't watch The View anymore!😂 So much juice and I loved learning about what really happens behind the scenes but wow......total toxicity!! ...more
Chris Sosa
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
"Ladies Who Punch" boasts an impressive amount of research and original interview content as it documents one of the most iconic talk shows of all time.

Unfortunately, the author comes off a bit like Bravo's insufferable Andy Cohen in certain sections. I have no interest in hearing a man describe commentary by the smart and successful women of The View as "bitchy." Being gay doesn't excuse misogyny. This shoudn't need to be explained in 2019.

That said, the good outweighs the bad here as Ramin Se
I loved this dishy look at The View...which is funny because I've probably watched the show like 3 times, and all way back when my teens were newborns. There were people mentioned in this I had no idea were hosts! Regardless, I spend a lot of time in the car and listening to this on audiobook made the time pass quickly. The author interviewed most of the players, so it leant a great deal of credibility to the story. Super fun, even for people like me who aren't fans. ...more
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Apr 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*chef's kiss* I could have read a book twice as long about all the backstage drama. I love this show, love all these ladies, love this mess. ...more
JJ Wall
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve never been a regular watcher of The View but loved every word of Ladies Who Punch!!

This book is an incredibly entertaining, well researched, thorough, and juicy one.
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A delicious and savory read! It’s everything I thought backstage at The View to be...and more! The backbiting, the betrayals, the b**** slapping; well, no confirmation of the latter but the book certainly lives up to its title. Consider this tea spilt!
The title met all expectations: trashy, gossipy, bitchy, shady, petty, and very entertaining.
Lisa Leone-campbell
May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ladies who Punch is the behind the scenes story of The View. It is caddy, scathing, petty and humiliating...and I loved every word!

Unless you are a fan of The View, which I have been from its conception almost 20 years ago, you won't really enjoy this book. BUT for those who lunch with the ladies as I have over the years, this will be your bible on how the show works, or doesn't, how the ladies get along, or don't, and how the staff and talent try to sabotage each other, and they do. Here are ju
This was chocolate cake for a diabetic. I shouldn't, but I did. I thought all the previous co-hosts quit to accept other gigs. Not so. The bulk of this book takes place up to, and including Rosie O'Donnell's second time at the table. The next couple of years get skimmed over.
Still a delicious read.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Gave this non-fiction book 3.5 stars.

The View has been on TV 20+ years. The co-hosts tend
to talk over each other & some arguments get ugly.
"Hot topics" mostly on pop culture and politics, opens
each show. They have guests & guest co-hosts. Whoopi
Goldberg is the current moderator.

Journalist Barbara Walters (BW) created this show in 1997.
There was/ is a moderator & 3-4 co-hosts. According to the
author, BW at times, on or off the air, verbally abused a co-
worker or producer. At times she avoi
Patricia Newton
Apr 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing like watching a debate about everything between woman who know enough to make it interesting. When I heard about this book I knew I had to read it. Pre-ordered it and 3 minutes after it arrived in my kindle app I was wrapped up in it. I watched the show sparatically as I had a job but I retired the year Rosie joined the cast first time around. She made the show livelyier than ever. When she left sadly to say so did I as a viewer. Watched major parts like Hillery Clinton,. Michelle Obama, ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it liked it
I never watched the View (mostly because I don't watch any TV), but the show was a game-changer and a genre creator so I was interested in this "inside story," but it's just catty and sexist and trite. I mean, it's interesting to hear about all the fights between Rosie and Barbara and Star Jones, but dig in to any show and there are going to be fights between the co-hosts, but this author casts the hosts as "crazy", unhinged, and attention-grabbing. Sure--they are TV stars. Now go do literally a ...more
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I've never watched a full episode of The View, but I know about it for the same reasons as any other casual TV viewer: Because I know of Barbara Walters--much like non-wrestling fans recognize the names Hulk Hogan and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson--and because The View made headlines. It has been at the center of too many pop-culture zeitgeists to count, although author Ramin Setoodeh makes a great effort in his first book, LADIES WHO PUNCH.

PUNCH is a narrative-style account of the history of The V
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Despite never actually seeing a full episode of The View, I thoroughly enjoyed this fun, well-researched look into one of the most iconic US talk shows.

The View was a bountiful source of workplace drama in the mid-2000s, splashed across gossip blogs in the form of Rosie vs Elisabeth screencaps and grainy YouTube videos of Hot Topic discussions. Details of Star Jones' lavish wedding, Sherri Shepherd thinking the Earth was flat (oh boy), and the revolving door of cohosts was like catnip for those
Douglas Gibson
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Whew- I devoured this one. Like most young men, I grew up obsessed with Daytime Talk shows, Barbara Walters, and Rosie O'Donnell, so naturally I was obsessed with the View, So much so, that I almost paid full price for this book, but luckily I found it last weekend at the thrift store.
Now of course this book has all the juicy backstage gossip that you've already heard about- Star hijacking the show for her wedding freebies, Rosie and Elizabeth's on air blow out, and the on-going feud between Ro
Monte Price
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
This book definitely has a strong beginning, a middle that compels you to keep going, and then an ending that just kind of exists. So the five stars are really because I had a five-star reading experience, the content itself is really a three.

I don't think that anything here is all that explosive, and I think that the author tried to sell this as more comprehensive a story than it was. It's really in-depth sort of on the behind the scenes action of the first ten years of the show, but the middle
Jun 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
I debated giving this book one or two stars. The author did not write a poor book, but I just feel icky after having read it. I thought I may get some insights part gossip and part understanding into this iconic TV show. I felt like the book was written just like the show - caddy, opinionated, not seeking deeper understanding. I think this shows women at their worst, not at our best. I am sad for the show and it’s hosts and producers - what a horrible working experience. I think there may have b ...more
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loaded this to my kindle as soon as it was out and couldn't put it down. I've watched The View off and on since the very first episode. This book was so dishy, I loved it. Also well written and researched. Just a wonderful read. ...more
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trash-tastic in a behind the scenes “view” of the television series that Walters started. More impressive was that the author actually was able to speak to most of the women about their positive and negative experience being on the show.
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Ramin Setoodeh, an award-winning journalist, is the New York bureau chief for Variety. He was formerly a senior writer at Newsweek and has also written for The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and U.S. News & World Report, among other publications. Ladies Who Punch is his first book. He lives in New York City.

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